Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath

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They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath.

McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18 national team.

Bradford reports that 15 major-league teams expressed interest in signing McGrath, who apparently “turned down richer offers” because he’s “a longtime Red Sox fan.” He also turned down a chance to play college ball and according to Bradford drew the most interest “of any Australian teenager in at least the past 10 years.”

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.